Posted in March 2013

Recipe Friday – Homemade Granola Bars

In the past few weeks, my schedule has (not so) gently reminded me that I am, in fact, in graduate school. You know those stretches of time where you are sometimes too busy to do little things that you otherwise take for granted – cook a well-rounded dinner, run that extra mile on the treadmill, … Continue reading

Core Exercise – Abdominal Crunch

When I first started working out, I absolutely hated doing abdominal exercises.  In truth, I didn’t like them because I had a difficult time performing them.  I just didn’t have the muscle.  I ended up sore all the time.  Once I got a little muscle on me, ab work became a challenge and not a … Continue reading

Vitamin B7 – Biotin – What Is It?

Vitamin B7 is also known as biotin, vitamin H or coenzyme R.  Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that takes part in reactions that add carbon dioxide to compounds.  This vitamin is absorbed in the small intestine and what little is stored in the body is stored in the muscles, liver, and brain.  It is believed that … Continue reading

Recipe Friday – Portuguese Kale Soup

Greetings from the east coast! This past week was my spring break, and I made a last-minute decision to travel back home to see some friends and family and help one of my best friends get ready for her upcoming wedding.  When I started thinking about recipes for this week, I immediately contacted my cousin … Continue reading

Forearm Exercise – Reverse Wrist Curls

Last week, we talked about Wrist Curls.  This week, we’ll work the opposite forearm muscles by performing Reverse Wrist Curls.  Working your forearms is important because you need to hold onto resistance for a majority of exercises that you perform.  You don’t want your forearm muscles to limit what you can lift with bigger muscle groups.  … Continue reading

Vitamin B6 – What Is It?

The generic name for vitamin B6 is pyridoxine.  Vitamin B6 is really a family of three compound groups and the active form of the vitamin is pyridoxal phosphate (PLP).  Vitamin B6 is absorbed in the middle and latter sections of the small intestine and converted in the liver into three forms, mainly PLP.  Not much of … Continue reading

Forearm Exercise – Wrist Curls

When I first started with my current workout partner, she thought it was crazy that I made her do wrist curls.  No matter how many times I explained it, she thought it was a waste of time to work our forearms.  A couple of months later, she found out why I insisted. The majority of … Continue reading

Recipe Friday – Winter Squash and Apple Soup

As a child, snow days are these exciting gifts from Mother Nature.  Snow days are a free pass to play in the snow until you are cold enough to retreat back indoors to hot chocolate with swimming Teddy Grahams.  Fast forward a few years and snowstorms become a huge inconvenience – the hype, the shoveling, … Continue reading